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Sports Studies (Joint Honours) BA/BSc (Hons)

Key Facts

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    3 years full time
    4-6 years part time

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £13,000

Get in touch


For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 894503

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Overview


Studying our Sports Studies Joint Honours course will give you the opportunity to combine your passion for sport with another subject as part of our Joint Honours programme. Popular Joint Honours combinations in recent years have included Sport Studies with Education, Business, Management, Psychology, Health Studies and Sociology.

Our Sport Studies course aims to help you understand and evaluate sport using a variety of social science disciplines. A strong emphasis is placed on the application of theory to practical issues in sport, such as barriers to sport participation, managing sport events, and sport coaching. A focus on these key subject areas enables you to prepare for a career in sport, including PE teachers, sport coaches and sport development officers.

We will support you to achieve your career and study ambitions, which is why if you complete our Employability Plus Gold programme or Changemaker Gold certificate alongside your studies and if you haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating* we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you, or support you into postgraduate study.

*with a 2:2 degree classification or higher

Updated 26/11/2020

Highlights


  • Local sport partners Northampton Town FC, Northampton Saints Rugby, Northants County Cricket Club and Northamptonshire Sport
  • Free Sports and Societies
  • You have the opportunity to explore two topics that are of most interest to you
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.

Course Content


  • Studying our Sports Studies Joint Honours course will give you the opportunity to combine your passion for sport with another subject as part of our Joint Honours programme. Popular Joint Honours combinations in recent years have included Sport Studies with Education, Business, Management, Psychology, Health Studies and Sociology.

    You will study the key social science disciplines in sport studies including sport teaching and coaching, sport management and sociology. You will be introduced to the following topics:

    • the principles of sport coaching with a particular emphasis on teaching methods in sport
    • the social context of sport including the impact of social inequalities on participation
    • the principles of sport management including the organisation of British sport and principles of sport event management

    The majority of our staff hold, or are near to completing, PhDs and are active researchers and consultants in their specialist fields, including Sport Management, Coaching and the Sociology of Sport. As you progress through your studies, you will have the flexibility to choose which of your two subjects you would like to major or minor in, or you can maintain an equal, joint programme.

    This structure lends itself particularly well to the Joint Honours programme where you can develop your areas of interest by selecting from a range of modules in both subject areas.

    The course focuses particularly on issues in grassroots, community sport which is tied in with our local sport partners Northampton Town FC, Northampton Saints Rugby, Northants County Cricket Club and Northamptonshire Sport. You are encouraged to take up voluntary and paid opportunities in various local sport organisations to develop your skills and experience outside of your course. This experience, combined with the knowledge that you will gain from the degree, will help you become attractive to employers upon graduation.

    Methods of Learning

    The Sport Studies course is delivered by a programme of well-designed, coherent and recently updated modules that cover a wide range of topics. Our tutors are all active researchers in their specialist areas, some having extensive industry experience, and this feeds into the content of the modules. We aim to provide an environment that maximises your engagement, involvement and enjoyment. You have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities and encounter new challenges that support your learning, often through applied ‘real-world’ assessments like organisational reports, funding bids and running sport events. Throughout the course, you will be exposed to different project designs and will develop your ability to apply both quantitative and qualitative approaches to research questions.

    Assessments

    A wide range of assessments are used including essays, reports, practical assessments, movie documentaries, group work and examinations. The aim of the assignment programme is not only to test knowledge and skills but also to develop these skills (for instance, the ability to present to a group of people or deliver a practical sport session). You can expect about two or three items of assessment per module and these are spread evenly throughout the academic year.

  • 21/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
    • International – Full Time: £13,000
    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK and EU – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK and EU – Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    • International – Full Time: £12,900

     

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

  • The course focuses particularly on issues in grassroots, community sport which is tied in with our local sport partners Northampton Town FC, Northampton Saints Rugby, Northants County Cricket Club and Northamptonshire Sport.

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